Stone high on Stanford

As Stanford football fans are well aware, offensive line is probably the position of greatest need for the Cardinal's 2010 recruiting class. One of the high school juniors at the forefront of Stanford's OL recruiting efforts is four-star tackle James Stone (Maplewood Comp. HS, Nashville, TN). Here, Stone discusses his recruitment, when he hopes to make a decision, and his Stanford interest...

"My recruitment has been pretty good," James Stone said. "I've been getting a lot of interest from a lot of different people. I'm really just enjoying getting to learn about all these different schools in the process."

Stone,'s No. 11 offensive tackle in the Class of 2010, reports over 15 offers, but says that six schools are recruiting him especially hard.

"The schools that show me a lot of interest are Stanford, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, LSU and a lot of the local schools," Stone said.

Stone says he has no current leader or top-five, but is working towards cutting down his list of offers.

"Right now I'm just trying to learn as much as I can about every school," Stone said. "I'm going to work on narrowing it down in the late summer or early fall. I'll probably commit sometime during my senior season."

As he has started to research the pros and cons of potential college destinations, Stone has found several aspects of the Stanford program to his liking.

"I like that Stanford has a hard-nosed offense as well as a great academic program that's world-renowned," Stone said. "Both of those together in one school just really attract me."

One potential con that would come with Stanford -- or any West Coast school -- would be distance. The Tennessee native Stone admits he might prefer playing college football closer to home, but stresses distance will not be the determining factor in his decision.

"Distance will be somewhat of a factor, but if I really like a school, I will not let distance be a factor," Stone said.

The Cardinal coaching staff is clearly making it a priority to try to convince Stone that Stanford is a school worth the 2,000-plus mile commute. As one of the highest ranked tackles on Stanford's recruiting board, Stone speaks with both offensive line coach Greg Roman and Coach Jim Harbaugh.

"Coach Roman is my recruiting coach, but I also talk to Coach Harbaugh," Stone said. "They're really down to earth guys and they know the kind of stuff that they want to get in their program. They're really trying to win football games and build bigger and better things over at Stanford."

As the Cardinal football team works hard to improve on the field, Stone has already made an impressive jump in his academic pursuits.

"I have a 3.8 core GPA and a 28 on my ACT," the likely education major said. "I had a 24, and then when I retook it in February, I got a 28."

Stone, who is being recruited at multiple positions on the offensive line, said his favorite position is left tackle.

"Most teams are recruiting me as a tackle, but some teams are showing interest in me as a guard as well," Stone said. "I like left tackle - that's my first choice. My strengths as a lineman are my mobility, my drive and my footwork."

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